Trudeau Roils Canada’s Oil Patch Naming Greenpeace Activist as Climate Chief

Steven Guilbeault, once dubbed “the green Jesus of Montreal,” was named by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as environment and climate change minister.

Steve Scherer and Rod Nickel, Reuters

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Oct. 26 sparked concern in the country’s oil patch and hope among green advocates when he named two men with strong environmental records to lead his government’s fight against climate change.

Steven Guilbeault was named environment and climate change minister as part of a major Cabinet shuffle following September’s vote, which handed Trudeau a third victory since 2015, albeit with a minority in the House of Commons.

Jonathan Wilkinson, who spent two decades in the green tech sector and then served as predecessor to Guilbeault for two years, took over as minister of natural resources. Canada is the world’s fourth-biggest oil producer.

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